MAHA's mission is to educate and mobilize to increase affordable homeownership opportunities, break down barriers facing first-time and first-generation homebuyers, and close the racial wealth and homeownership gaps. MAHA was established in 1985 and in that time has led many successful community campaigns resulting in the ONE Mortgage, the nation’s longest running Community Reinvestment Act mortgage program serving over 23,000 homebuyers, over half households of color; HomeSafe, a groundbreaking education-based property insurance discount plan for homeowners; STASH, a first-in-the-nation matched savings program for first-generation homebuyers; and expanding state-level CRA coverage to independent mortgage companies. MAHA has graduated over 41,000 people from its comprehensive homebuyer and homeowner classes, more than any organization in the state.
December 30, 2021 - Dorchester, MA - MAHA is announcing today that Shauntelle McKain will become the Director of Homeownership Operations for the Dorchester-based nonprofit organization. McKain will succeed Symone Crawford in that position as Crawford assumes the role of Executive Director at MAHA on January 1, 2022.
“We are very excited to welcome Shauntelle to the MAHA team,” said Symone Crawford. “She will help us continue to grow and provide high quality services to first-time and first-generation homebuyers in Boston and beyond.”
“I admire MAHA’s drive for social justice,” said Shauntelle McKain, the proud Dorchester resident. “I am excited to join an organization that's actively working to close the racial gaps in homeownership within not only Boston, but all of Massachusetts.”
McKain was most recently the Senior Program Services Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, Shauntelle was a lead organizer on forming an exciting new partnership with My Brother’s Keeper, an Obama Foundation-funded initiative addressing persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. Having immigrated from the island of Jamaica, Shauntelle is a first-generation Bostonian. She graduated cum laude from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in English, and earned her MA at UMass Boston. Shauntelle taught English Language Arts at the middle school level upon graduating.